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Can I Do More?

In an online Zoom meeting last week, a white woman said she was struggling with what she should do to combat racism. She lives in a comfortable upper-income community with almost no racial diversity. She said she was thinking about selling her home and moving to a community closer to the city that is more racially diverse. Many of us may also be struggling with what we should be doing to address systemic racism, political divisiveness, income inequity, and other systems which harm individuals, families, and communities. 

TiBA seeks to foster knowledge and understanding about systemic racism and encourage opportunities for engagement. That engagement differs for each of us. We are all hopefully learning, reflecting, and evolving in our understanding about what and how we can make a positive difference. TiBA is not suggesting that you sell your home and move; however, we are challenging all of us by asking this question, "Can I do more?"

In early 2018, Sharon met Frances Causey, filmmaker of The Long Shadow, and saw the documentary. She was determined to do more than talk. Three years later, that conversation with Ms. Causey resulted in what TiBA is today. Thank you, Sharon, for your willingness to do more.  
Doing More
Sharon Hatchett, Board President of TiBA is doing more. An avid and long-time supporter of classical music, Sharon was the first person of color on the Volunteer Council of the League where she has been a strong proponent for diversity on the Volunteer Council and in the classical music field. These efforts resulted in her recent election to the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras, a service organization that leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras, with a diverse membership of more than 1,800 organizations and individuals across North America. Click here and here to learn more about why and how Sharon is doing more.

Why Didn't I Know That?

TiBA will be partnering with the Athens, GA Chautauqua Society on Thurs., March 4, 6p CT to participate in a virtual panel discussion about Understanding White Supremacy and White Privilege. Click here to register. TiBA Board member, Van Gilmer, and TiBA Volunteer Leader, John Alan Boryk, are among the panelists. 

The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) of Evanston is sponsoring a virtual showing of The Color Tax, followed by a panel discussion on Sun., March 7, 3p CT. This phenomenal documentary tells the story of how a system of predatory home contract sales in the '50s and '60s against blacks contributed to the modern-day racial wealth gap. Click here to join. 

Join ComeUnity for their next meeting on Thurs., March 11, 6:45p. Click here for details. 

Join Van Gilmer, TiBA Board member, in an "Intimate Dialogue on RACE preceded by Diverse Holy Scriptures" on Wed., March 17, 7p CT. Click here to learn more and register. 

Mark Your Calendar: One of our biggest events of the year is our Annual Meeting & Volunteer Celebration. Please mark your calendar for this third annual event on Fri., May 7, 6p CT. Additional details will be forthcoming. 

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The TiBA Board of Directors is:
Pres. Sharon Hatchett, Esq., Vice-Pres. Xcylur Stoakley, Treas. Tom Denio, Sec. Bruce Bondy, Amania Drane, Dr. Raquel Farmer-Hinton, Van Gilmer, Julie Shelton, Esq., & Mae Smith.

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